uncanny


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un·can·ny

 (ŭn-kăn′ē)
adj. un·can·ni·er, un·can·ni·est
Mysterious or impossible to explain, especially when causing uneasiness or astonishment. See Synonyms at weird.

[un- + canny, fortunate, safe (obsolete).]

un·can′ni·ly adv.
un·can′ni·ness n.

uncanny

(ʌnˈkænɪ)
adj
1. characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
2. beyond what is normal or expected: an uncanny accuracy.
unˈcannily adv
unˈcanniness n

un•can•ny

(ʌnˈkæn i)

adj.
1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of spotting an opportunity.
2. mysterious; arousing fear or dread: Uncanny sounds filled the house.
[1590–1600]
un•can′ni•ly, adv.
un•can′ni•ness, n.
syn: See weird.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.uncanny - suggesting the operation of supernatural influencesuncanny - suggesting the operation of supernatural influences; "an eldritch screech"; "the three weird sisters"; "stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures"- John Galsworthy; "an unearthly light"; "he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din"- Henry Kingsley
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
2.uncanny - surpassing the ordinary or normal; "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will; "his uncanny sense of direction"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

uncanny

adjective
1. weird, strange, mysterious, queer, unearthly, eerie, supernatural, unnatural, spooky (informal), creepy (informal), eldritch (poetic), preternatural I had this uncanny feeling that Alice was warning me.
2. extraordinary, remarkable, incredible, unusual, fantastic, astonishing, exceptional, astounding, singular, miraculous, unheard-of, prodigious The hero bears an uncanny resemblance to Kirk Douglas.

uncanny

adjective
Of a mysteriously strange and usually frightening nature:
Informal: spooky.
Translations
شاذ، غَريبغَرِيب
podivnýzvláštní
forbløffendeuhyggelig
outohämmästyttävä
sablastan
dularfullurkynleguróhugnanleguróhugnanlegur, kynlegurundarlegur
薄気味悪い
신비로운
nejaukiai
mistiskssavāds
kuslig
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kì lạ

uncanny

[ʌnˈkænɪ] ADJ (uncannier (compar) (uncanniest (superl))) (= peculiar) → raro, extraño; (= ghostly) → misterioso
it's quite uncannyes extraordinario
it's uncanny how he does itno llego a comprender cómo lo hace
an uncanny resemblanceun asombroso parecido

uncanny

[ˌʌnˈkæni] adj [knack, ability, feeling, silence] → étrange; [resemblance] → étrange before n, troublant(e); [accuracy] → troublant(e)
He has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time → Il a vraiment le chic pour être au bon endroit au bon moment., Il a ce don étrange d'être toujours au bon endroit au bon moment.
It's uncanny! → C'est troublant!
to bear an uncanny resemblance to sb → ressembler étrangement à qnuncared for [ʌnˈkɛərdfɔːr] adj
(= neglected) [person] → délaissé(e); [building, plant] → à l'abandon
(= unloved) → en mal d'amour

uncanny

adjunheimlich; it’s quite uncannydas ist geradezu unheimlich; to bear an uncanny resemblance to somebodyjdm auf unheimliche Weise ähnlich sehen

uncanny

[ʌnˈkænɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (knack, resemblance) → sconcertante; (sound, silence) → strano/a, inquietante

uncanny

(anˈkӕni) adjective
strange or mysterious. She looks so like her sister that it's quite uncanny.
unˈcannily adverb

uncanny

غَرِيب podivný forbløffende unheimlich μυστηριώδης asombroso outo étrange sablastan inquietante 薄気味悪い 신비로운 griezelig uhyggelig osobliwy estranho сверхъестественный kuslig แปลกจนไม่สามารถอธิบายได้ tekinsiz kì lạ 离奇的
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Again and again the queen led the girl into the depths and out again, until the uncanny weirdness of the thing got on my nerves so that I could have leaped into the tank to the child's rescue had I not taken a firm hold of myself.
Before him he could hear the occasional low moans of the banth, and presently from behind came a similar uncanny note.
The uncanny creatures flew in and out among the trees and tents, now swooping low near the Indians or the travelers.
Easterly weather is generally clear, and that is all that can be said for it - almost supernaturally clear when it likes; but whatever its mood, there is something uncanny in its nature.
I stopped as usual before the portrait, which seemed in the lamplight to have a new expression, not easily named, but distinctly uncanny.
Thereafter they spoke a little French each day, and My Dear often marveled that the girl learned this language with a facility that was at times almost uncanny.
I think that the cause of this feeling which these apes engender within me is due to their remarkable resemblance in form to our Earth men, which gives them a human appearance that is most uncanny when coupled with their enormous size.
He was standing at the edge of the beach gazing out to sea in the direction of the mainland, his mind filled with sorrow and hopelessness, when from the jungle close behind the camp came the uncanny wail of a panther.
He found the young man intelligent far beyond his most sanguine hopes, so that the progress made was little short of uncanny.
Tarzan looked downward for a moment upon the still form of his late antagonist, then he rose to his full height, swelled his deep chest, smote upon it with his clenched fist and roared out the uncanny challenge of the victorious bull ape.
They fell away from him as from something uncanny, and went into privacy to discuss him.
I was so rejoiced to have at last got rid of this uncanny old man that I ran leaping and bounding down to the sea shore, where, by the greatest good luck, I met with some mariners who had anchored off the island to enjoy the delicious fruits, and to renew their supply of water.